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West Coast Eagles add assistants Matt Rosa and Chance Bateman to help fill Sam Mitchell void

West Coast has moved to overcome the loss of highly-regarded assistant Sam Mitchell by adding two new assistant coaches.
Former Eagle Matt Rosa and ex-Hawthorn premiership player Chance Bateman will join the club’s coaching staff as they begin their quest to go back-to-back next season.
Rosa will become West Coast’s stoppage and structure coach after ending his playing career following three seasons with Gold Coast, which came on the back of more than a decade at the Eagles.
Bateman will work the West Coast’s forwards as a development coach.
Entering his second year on the Eagles’ coaching panel, Nathan van Berlo will step up and fill Mitchell’s shoes as the midfield coach.
It comes as the Hawks confirmed Mitchell was locked in as an assistant for next season following two years with the Eagles.
“I’m really excited to return to Hawthorn, a true family club, and it feels really special to get back to the place I spent 15 years of my playing career,” the Hawks 2008 premiership captain told the club’s website.
“Perth is a great place, but it became apparent that with the heavy travel commitments, and living in an isolated city away from our support network, was not conducive with a young family. I spoke to West Coast mid-year and explained my intention.
“Craig Vozzo was so supportive and we worked together to ensure that this would not be a distraction for the players. I am glad we did, as finishing my two years at West Coast with a premiership was a special experience.”